The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take around 23,000 breaths each day. Do you know if the quality of the air your family is breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s a perfect time to assess your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of cool days coming up and colder air absorbs less moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can take a toll on your health and your house. Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick That you catch a cold because it’s cold outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is something to it. As we mentioned, cold air is drier and dry air can produce some health issues. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is lower, so they can’t do their job of cleaning out germs. This increases the possibility of coming down with a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the Indian River County winter, you may see that your skin feels dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the issue. Lotion can be a treat the symptoms, but investing in a whole-home humidifier could fix the actual issue. Damages to Your Home The lack of moisture in your home’s air can also affect the wood around your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air takes moisture from these items. You could even see cracks in the walls and floors. Checking for Dry Air Although itchy skin and a continuous cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are additional symptoms to keep an eye out for as well: A notable increase in static electricity Cracks in your flooring Gaps in your trim and molding Peeling wallpaper Any of these problems signify that it’s possibly time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We are here to help! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at Custom Air Systems Inc. You can reach us at 772-571-1080, or set up an appointment with us online.